Corrie family calls for justice before Obama visit

Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003, while trying to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing Palestinian houses.

Corrie family calls for justice before Obama visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

The father of Rachel Corrie on Friday called for justice from Israel, a day before the tenth anniversary of his daughter's death, Maan news agency said.

Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003, while trying to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing Palestinian houses.

Official Israeli investigations, criticized by human rights groups, have ruled that her death was an accident and no action would be taken against Israeli military personnel.

Her father Craig Corrie, writing in The Hill newspaper on Friday, said that "President Obama should refuse to continue US military and diplomatic support until Israel gives truthful answers to our questions, not just for US citizens like Rachel and Furkan Dogan, but for all the civilians killed or maimed using US-funded weapons."

He called on Obama, due to visit both Israel and Palestine this week, to "explain that the US will no longer support financially or diplomatically the apartheid system embodied in the occupation of Palestine and in the treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel."

President Obama must use his upcoming trip to remind the world that Americans believe all people are "created equal" and entitled to the rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Rachel Corrie's death made her a symbol of the second intifada, with Palestinians expressing widespread sympathy.

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